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The dodo

Dodo skin

The Oxford dodo
We all know the dodo is extinct, but did you know that there are very few remains of the dodo left to look at today? In fact, the bones and skin samples at the Museum in Oxford are probably the most complete set of remains held by any museum around the world.
This photograph shows the skin sample that was saved from the head of the dodo. It belonged to a dodo that was brought to London in the 1630s. It is very important as it has been used to get the dodo's DNA - from this work we have learnt that the dodo was related to the pigeon!

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